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Best Places to See the Leaves Change in Western New York – Our Top Five

You’ll find no place better than the northeast for picturesque foliage hunting and our top five destinations are just short day trips away from downtown Buffalo. You’ll also find many wineries along your route where you can sample some of the best wines our area has to offer. Want to make a weekend out of it? Checkout some of the bed and breakfast inns along the way.


Chautauqua Lake


With great places to stay near by and tons of trails for hiking and horse back riding and plenty to do once you have finished taking in the beautiful fall foliage like touring one of the wineries near by Chautauqua is the perfect place to go for a fun fall trip.

Chautauqua Wine Trail


Letchworth State Park


Letchworth is a stunning place to visit no mater the season with its rocky cliffs, lush green forests and water falls but it is particularly impressive during the fall when the whole park turns red, gold, and orange.


The Finger Lakes


The Finger Lakes is arguably some of the most beautiful vistas for the changing leaves in the country. Fall is a great time to visit the Finger lakes because they have a ton of fun things going on for visitors from farmers markets and harvest festivals to grape stomping at one of the local vineyards.


The Niagara Parkway - Ontario Canada


Winston Churchill called The Niagara Parkway “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” and during the fall there is little wonder why he said that. The winding road gives drivers splendid views of the Niagara River and the US coast and rolling rush hills and vineyards. Just start your drive at the bridge and finish it out at Niagara on the Lake and catch a play it’s the perfect day!


The Laurentian Mountains - Quebec Canada


This is for the truly die heart leafers but if you take the trip up to Quebec to check out these vistas you won’t be disappointed. The drive up to Quebec itself is filled with gorgeous views as you travel further north because of the unique Sugar Maple Trees. So if you are looking for truly unique leaf watching experience grab your enhanced license and head on up to Quebec.


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